Culture & Strategy

Unless you have a cohesive culture that fosters employee engagement, it doesn’t matter how good your strategy is. 

There are two fundamental requirements for building a high performance organisation—a vision-guided culture and a strong strategy that supports the vision. One without the other leads to mediocre performance.

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” is a remark made by Peter Drucker and popularised by Mark Fields, President of Ford Motor Company. The point is this— if you don’t have a strong culture, you won’t be able to effectively execute your strategy in a sustainable way. At the same time, if you don’t have the focus and direction of a strategy, your culture won’t survive.

A strategy is a broad plan of action to achieve a specific goal. The purpose of your strategy should be to support the organisation in fulfilling its mission, and the purpose of your mission should be to support the organisation in fulfilling its vision. 

It is important to manage your strategy and review your tactics on a regular basis to make sure the organisation stays responsive to external market forces and internal cultural changes.